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Ucluelet, which in the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations language means "people with a safe landing place," along with the towns of Bamfield and Tofino, serves the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. A longtime resource industry town, Ucluelet is less visited than Tofino and has a more relaxed pace. Despite a growing number of crafts shops and B&Bs, it's still more of a fishing village than an ecotourism retreat. The Black Rock Resort, though, competes with Tofino's upscale dining-and-lodging market.
As in Tofino, whale-watching is an important draw, though visitors also come in the off-season to watch the dramatic winter storms. It's also a regional base for sportfishing and kayaking to the Broken Group Islands, in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Various charter companies also take boats to greet the 20,000 gray whales that pass close to Ucluelet on their migration to the Bering Sea every March and April.
Ucluelet at a Glance
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